The Oral Tradition remained unwritten in order to bring the disciple into constant person contact with the Sage, from whose words and deeds the disciple learned the Svara (thought) of the Torah. And the most effective form of personal contact is the Service of the Sages...
Those who served the Sages could see great lessons every day. However, the Service of the Sages has another great purpose, besides the acquiring of the Torah-system of thinking, and that is the lesson of the honor of the Torah. — Rejoice, O Youth
The foundation of wisdom is to look at the apple and wonder how the apple came to be colored so beautifully red... How does it happen that there are seeds inside? How does it happen that it’s sweet?
These are the foundations of the wisdom in the apple. As soon as a man sees these things and thinks along these lines, he is demonstrating the superiority of his mind over the mind of an animal. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Bechina
Gentiles can teach you technicalities because Hashem appointed them to benefit us; they make inventions for us, etc. We ride in their airplanes and use their telephones. But when you’re looking for emes (truth), it’s not among the gentiles. All the ideals of the gentiles are false. If you sometimes hear something that might be emes, it’s because it’s from our Torah. — Five Minutes a Day
In the Shemoneh Esreh we request of Hashem: “Gather us (V’kabtzenu) together (Yachad) from the four comers of the earth”. The word V’kabtzenu itself means “gather together”, but the word Yachad (together; derived from Echad, "one") is added to signify perfect unity.
This obligates us to strive now to prepare ourselves by learning perfect unity with all classes of loyal Jews, from whatever background and community, in addition to perfect harmony in our own immediate circles and in domestic relations. — Awake, My Glory
The existence of Free-Will is the greatest miracle after the Creation of the Universe. The Creator, by especial miracle, left a space in which He allows Man to move of his own Free-Will. Outside this space, everything is decreed and foreordained; but in this area, men can choose to do according to their own wishes. No object, or force, or being in all the Universe has any impulse of will of its own choice, except Man. — Rejoice, O Youth
We should separate ourselves from the ways of the wicked (resha’im), from their amusements, and from their habits. Whatever, Hashem does not like we should also not like. We are fulfilling part of the service of Hashem with our minds through the mere fact of thinking that we dislike the ways of the wicked. — Ohr Avigdor Hakdama
When the king of England calls together his court, the lords who have hereditary titles come and display the badges, the signs of honor that were bestowed on them by all the kings in the previous generations for some service they rendered the king. In contrast, we display our tzitzis and tefilin as signs of our aristocracy. We’re honored for our service to Hashem. — Most Beautiful Nation
G-d gives us a clue. Every misfortune, and also every stroke of good fortune, are so arranged that they indicate the sin or the good deed for which they are sent.
The Egyptians cast children of the Israelites into the water, and therefore they were drowned in the water: "That thing in which they dealt wickedly came upon them" (Shemos 18:11). — Rejoice, O Youth
The name Jew is derived from Yehudah, which means: ""He shall exalt."
This signifies that the Jew is "the one who exalts Hashem." This was intended by our mother Leah when she bestowed this name on her son Judah: "Now I will exalt Hashem, therefore she called his name Judah" (Breshis 29: 35). In his name the Jew declares his function. "This people have I created for Me that they relate My praise" (Isaiah 43:21). — Awake, My Glory
The day of Shabbos was made so that you should be able to devote time to thinking that Hashem created the world out of nothingness. Of course, the obligation to devote time to this mitzvah applies throughout the week as well, but especially on Shabbos. A person who observes Shabbos but doesn’t think about the fundamental principle of Shabbos is missing the point. — Ohr Avigdor Hakdama
“Chavivin Yisrael — Yisrael is dear [to Hashem].” A Jew is tremendous. Don’t think it’s chauvinistic. It’s an obligation to keep that in mind, and Shabbas is the time to declare that Hashem chose us and nobody else. That’s why “shelo asani goy — [Blessed is Hashem] who did not make me a non-Jew,” is one of the most important principles for a Jew to keep in mind — how proud he is that he is a Jew. — Asking Hashem
Walk out to a fruit store, [your] eyes feast on the produce of Hashem. Many hundreds of different products, all produced without the aid of a man. It’s marvelous! Your soul thirsts for this glory. What you’re seeing is "kvod Hashem—the glory of the Creator". That’s the purpose of it. Therefore when we wish to utilize our lives in this world, let’s keep in mind one of the details that are of very great benefit in utilizing the beauty of the fruits. — The Wine of Prayer (#555)
Nothing possesses intrinsic being [except Hashem]; and the continued existence of all things is dependent solely on G-d's will. Were He to recall His command, all Reality would cease. The existence of all things is therefore a miracle, and every object in the Universe and every event are acts of G-d. All Nature and all history are miraculous; and because they are all acts of G-d, they all have deep purpose. — Sing, You Righteous
True praise requires the Awareness that our good fortune is due not to our skill or wisdom or personality, but solely to the kindness of Hashem. It is indeed meritorious to shout our thanks to the Creator, and it should always be done... But genuine praise requires the True Knowledge which consists of Emunah and Bitachon: the Awareness that Hashem alone is the cause of our welfare. — Awake, My Glory
When people live together for long years, they certainly become much better. Even if they fought at the beginning, eventually it smooths out and many flaws in their character are corrected as a result. That’s what Hashem is waiting for: perfection in character. If people listen and learn the sefarim (books) that teach good midos (character), they’ll learn to fear Hashem, to think about Him. These people are certainly going to be successful in their purpose of existence. — Asking Hashem
Despite the fact that what our parents did for us was motivated by their own feelings, we are obligated to be grateful to them. And if we are obligated to show gratitude toward a father and a mother, then how much more are we obligated to show gratitude to Hashem, the Source of all good. We are not His children physically and not part of His personality. Thus, He is not motivated by any of the weaknesses of nature that parents have. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Avodas Elokim
People are looking for happiness in this world. Dovid said of all the forms of "tov—goodness" that one should pursue in his lifetime, he should pursue "kirvas Elokim—closeness to Elokim"; that’s happiness. So tov in this sense doesn’t mean virtue, righteousness. It means ultimate happiness is to come close to Hashem. — True Happiness (#685)
The inequality in the distribution of wealth is one of the great benefits that Hashem provided to mankind. If everyone was equally wealthy, nobody would work and human affairs would be in the doldrums. It is only because people need money that is in the possession of others that they are willing to do things. Money is thus the incentive to doing all the things that men need for each other. — Ohr Avigdor Shaar Habechinah
You Are He, Our G-D and the G-D of Our Fathers (Modim, Shemoneh Esreh)
We thank You for giving Your particular interest and supervision to us as our G-d (as stated in the Scriptures almost 200 times) from our individual beginning until today, and we thank You that You gave Your particular interest to our forefathers from our national beginning to today. — Praise My Soul
The more we request of G-d, the more do we come to feel that all depends solely upon Him, and therefore the more do we come close to Him. — Sing, You Righteous
To Hashem our prayers are beloved and are acceptable when they are motivated solely by emunah (faith). When a man is forced to turn to Hashem, it is also good. It’s always good. But there is no comparison to the tefilla (prayer) which a man makes when he is not hard pressed. — Prayer in Prosperity (#60)
The service of prayer, of which shira (singing to Hashem) is the chief element, is the preparation for the World to Come. A career of proper prayer is the preface to the eternal career of joyous song, which follows the song of joy in this world. — Praise, My Soul